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Guest View— Gov. Roy Cooper and Meals on Wheels

Many issues divide us these days, but Meals on Wheels shouldn’t be one of them. We thought about that as Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper came through town to honor the program, just as Republican politicians and other Democrats have done in years past.

This year, the nationwide program could see cutbacks from the federal budget. We hope that doesn’t happen, just as we hope the Farm Bill retains full funding for feeding the hungry.

Even in 21st century America, we should be able to come together on helping our most vulnerable. For years, that’s exactly what Meals on Wheels has done, in our town and many others across this land, through dedicated volunteers. We’re especially proud of our local program, which several years ago survived the murders of a volunteer and the person to whom she was delivering a meal.

The local program from Senior Services of Forsyth County never missed a beat, and hasn’t to this day. And so it was that 91-year-old Rosalie Young received Gov. Cooper and his wife, Kristin, in her Winston-Salem home as they delivered the ceremonial 6-millionth meal from the Senior Services’ Meals-on-Wheels program, which delivers meals to senior citizens in Forsyth County who are in need of nutritional support, as the Journal’s Jenny Drabble reported:

“A knock sounded at the door and in walked the governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, carrying a tray of steak, collard greens, mashed potatoes, a biscuit and a fruit cup,” the Journal reported.

“It’s very nice of them. I’d never had anything like that before in my life. I’m spoiled,” said Rosalie Young, who is legally blind and has been receiving meals for three years. “I feel so blessed.”

Sure, it was a good photo-op for the governor, just as similar days have been for other politicians. But Cooper made a good point at Senior Services headquarters: “The people who are here every single day . and give their valuable time when all the cameras are gone, they knock on people’s doors and they visit them and deliver nutrition.”

Thanks to the volunteers who get this crucial work done. Let’s unite behind it, long after the cameras are gone.

— from the Winston-Salem Journal.

 

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